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KLA-Tencor Corporation

Manager, Applications Development Engineering

KLA-Tencor Corporation - Milpitas, CA

Company Overview

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA-Tencor, we're making technology advancements that are bigger and tinier than the world has ever seen.

Who are we* We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chips the kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you own faster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us. The future is calling. Will you answer*

Business Unit

With over 38 years of semiconductor process control experience, chipmakers around the globe rely on KLA-Tencor to ensure that their fabs ramp next-generation devices to volume production quickly and cost-effectively. Enabling the movement towards advanced chip design, KLA-Tencor's Patterning Solutions Group (PSG) is looking for the best and the brightest research scientist, software engineers, application development engineers, and senior product technology process engineers to join our 5D team.

Our 5D patterning process control technologies control the three dimensions of the device structure, while optimizing the process control loops (time) and minimizing the expense (cost) to create the device; hence five dimensional patterning process control (5D).

The team's mission is to collaborate with our customers to innovate hardware and software technologies that detect and control process variations at their source rather than compensate for them at later stages of the manufacturing process. These patterning process control solutions provide the most accurate process correctables available today; providing real-time feedback and feed-forward control to improve subsequent process steps.

Why join 5D* Think of this team as a "start-up" company where you are offered the ultimate challenge to solve the most complex technical problems that enable the digital age. Yet, this "start-up" is backed by the most sophisticated and successful process control company in the semiconductor industry.


The team's mission is to collaborate with our customers and to innovate hardware and software technologies that detect and control process variations at their source rather than compensate for them at later stages of the manufacturing process.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Leading projects and project teams related to new product introduction: definition, characterization, alpha testing, and beta testing. The candidate will be responsible for various pre and post sales application support activities engaging with customers and other internal KT teams in defining problem statements and resolving customer issues.

Candidate will drive generating best known method (BKM) documents and other training material, and transferring product knowledge to K-T's worldwide customer base.

The candidate will have the ability to work at customer sites to conduct investigations, understand root causes of process patterning errors and inspection issues, and develop and implement process tool control solutions to improve yield and enhance CoO.

This candidate is expected to support high performing teams and foster innovation across the Process Control team.

Hands-on work with KLA-Tencor metrology and inspection systems and software will be required.

Worldwide travel (more than 50%) as required to support team, products, and projects.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Process tool and inspection & metrology (I&M) applications experience with intimate familiarity in etch, track, CVD, cleans, and/or lithography.

  • Experience engaging process tool engineers (OEMs and Customers) in the development of processes (e.g. DOE creation), utilizing KT I&M and Process Control

  • Demonstrated capability to address escalations with internal and customers to bring resolution to all parties.

  • Knowledge in KT metrology and inspection and willingness for training on additional KT I&M tools as required

  • Active participant in KT PLC process for minimum one (1) prod

  • Familiarity with 5D, RDC and Klarity

  • Software development and/or scripting skills

    • Superior oral and written communication, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and support a diverse, experienced team

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (Academic) with at least 3 years of experience.ORMaster's Level Degree with at least 4 years of experience.ORBachelor's Level Degree with at least 5 years of experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA-Tencor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

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KLA-Tencor Corporation


Manager, Applications Development Engineering KLA-Tencor Corporation - Milpitas, CA, United States


Location: Milpitas, CA

Company Profile:
KLA Instruments was first established in 1975, with its first product emerging on the market in 1978—an automated inspection system that reduced photomask inspection time from eight hours to 15 minutes. Shortly thereafter, KLA Instruments went public and expanded its inspection product portfolio to include patterned wafer inspection systems. Two years later, KLA further broadened its offerings into the wafer metrology business through optical overlay and line-width measurement systems. During the subsequent few years, the company expanded its product base through the development of software tools to help integrate inspection and measurement data for analysis—ultimately forming the industry’s first yield management group to provide customers with expertise in yield enhancement through engineering consulting services.